XAT 2020

Exam Date : January 5, 2020
Result Date : January 31, 2020

Do you want to study in XLRI Jamshedpur, SPJIMR Mumbai, XIM Bhubaneswar and IMT Ghaziabad? Prepare yourself for the XAT Exam. Go through the article given below and get detailed information on the eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern etc.  

What is XAT Exam?

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2020 is a National Level MBA Entrance Test conducted by XLRI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute), Jamshedpur on behalf of XAMI (Xavier Associate Management Institute) for the admission into Post Graduate Management Programmes across  B-Schools of Xavier's group and other major B-schools in India.

XAT exam will be conducted on January 5, 2020 in online mode. Over 75000 students are expected to appear for this exam and more than 150 institutes use XAT Score for admissions.

XAT Exam

Registration for XAT has already been started from the August 23, 2019 and go on till November 30, 2019.  Primary eligibility is that a candidate must have completed an undergraduate programme from any reputed institution.

XAT 2020 score will be accepted by XLRI Jamshedpur and other reputed business-schools across India for admission into MBA/PGDM programmes. Full Form of MBA is Master in Business Administration. However, most MBA colleges give a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM).

This exam is conducted by Xavier School of Management, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) - Jamshedpur for admissions to MBA, PGDM in XLRI, other 10 associated colleges including XIMB, XIME, LIBA, which are under Xavier Associate Management Institutes (XAMI) group.

XAT is one of the oldest competitive examinations in the country that has always kept pace with the cutting edge testing methodology. Its score is being used by leading business schools for admissions, including the prestigious XLRI and other associated institutes.

Human Resource course in XLRI is considered to be one of the best HR course in Asia and is the Flagship programme of the college. XAT is conducted once in every year. It is usually conducted in the month of January. More than 70,000 students appear for XAT every year. Its syllabus includes Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge.

Cutoff for XAT exam is decided by the participating institutes every year. Applicants have to clear XAT Cut off 2020 set by the participating institutes to advance for the next rounds. International candidates can take GMAT and apply through GMAT scores as well for admission.

Now, let's take a look at all necessary details regarding the XAT 2020 exam which are listed out in table given below.

XAT 2020
Exam Name Xavier Aptitude Test
Acronym XAT
Exam Type National Level Screening Test (Post Graduate)
Organised By XLRI Xavier School of Management
Examination Date January 5, 2020
Mode of Examination Online
Types of Question Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ) with 5 options and one correct response
Marking Scheme For Correct Answer (+1 Mark). For Wrong Answer (-0.25 Mark), more than 8 unattempted questions will result in deduction of 0.05 marks.
Exam Duration 180 Minutes
Exam Centres 72 cities
Eligibility 3 Years Bachelor's Degree (Minimum)
Percentile for Top B-School 95% or above
Exam Helpdesk No. 1800-267-4008 (Toll-Free)
Exam Website www.xatonline.in
Email Support xat2020@xlri.ac.in, admis@xlri.ac.in
Official Address XLRI Admission Office - C.H. Area (East) Jamshedpur - 831001, Jharkhand, India

XAT 2020 Exam Dates

Candidates can prepare their study plan for XAT exam accordingly after referring to XAT 2020 Exam Dates. Examination authority i.e., XLRI has released all the dates of this exam. This exam is conducted only once a year and you can apply for it from on January 5, 2020.

Candidates are requested to stay tuned and wait for further updates. A candidate has to pay a late fee or penalty if he is applying after the last date. He/she can also lose the opportunity of giving the XAT exam if he wants to apply after the deadline. Check out the list of exam dates in the table below.

XAT Exam Dates 2020
Events Important dates
Application Start Date August 23, 2019
Application last date November 30, 2019
Last Date to apply with Late Fee December 7, 2019
Admit card date December 20, 2019
Exam date January 5, 2020
Result date January 31, 2020
XAT Scorecard download window January 31, 2020 to March 31, 2020

XAT 2020 Eligibility

According to XAT 2020 eligibility criteria, the candidate must at least have a bachelor's degree from a recognised university, and the minimum duration of graduation should be for three years. Students who are in the final year of their graduation degree will also fall under the XAT eligibility provided they complete the degree by June 2020 (as mentioned by examination authority). There is no age restriction for XAT exam. Eligibility criteria for candidates are tabulated below.

XAT Eligibility
Age limit No upper age limit
Educational qualification Minimum 3 years of a Bachelor's Degree
Nationality NRI/Foreign/Indian

XAT 2020 Syllabus

Question paper is divided into five different sections until the year 2019 but for the XAT 2020, the essay writing section is taken out and is now remained with 4 subjects which include Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, General Knowledge (GK) as the last topic. A few changes are made to the XAT 2020 Syllabus this year.

For admission session starting 2020, it will have only one section which includes the above four subjects. XAT exam doesn't contain repetitive questions and it is to be noted that the syllabus for XAT exam and XLRI entrance exam are on and the same. Syllabus of General Knowledge is not confined to any topics, it depends on the recent activities happened which can be easily attempted if you follow news on a daily basis.

Marks attained in General Knowledge are not taken into consideration while calculating percentile however some of the institutes might check the marks obtained in this subject, it completely depends upon the institutes. While the other three subjects are taken into consideration for calculating percentile on which basis the ranks are allotted and admissions are done.

How to prepare for XAT 2020?

Is XAT Exam really that tough? No, it isn't. The best way to prepare yourself for this exam would be by working smart rather than working hard. As this exam is totally different from the other MBA exams. Given below are few tips for the candidates appearing for XAT 2020 exam to prepare for XAT 2020.

Be Focused and Stay Calm

Preparing for XAT Exam and clearing the exam would be a piece of cake if you prepare for the exam in a calm and focused manner. Try to keep it as simple as possible. Lack in either of them would pose a problem for you. Make sure that you never give up on yourself. This exam consists of a decision making section. One can answer those, only when his mind is calm and focused. It would help you come up with new ideas and tips on how to prepare.

Attempt only the ones you can solve

XAT exam has negative marking. You can not afford to make any wild guesses while answering. Make sure that you only attempt those questions whose answers you know and are sure of being correct. Here's where you should act wisely. You wouldn't want to lose any marks just because you answered a few questions wrong.

Time Management

If one wants to excel in time management he/she has to undergo the rigorous practice. You can achieve this by taking at least 10-15 mock tests and solving previous year question papers. This would help you get familiarised with syllabus and exam pattern.

Mock Test

Take up some mock tests where you can judge yourself as to what is the time you are taking to solve the paper, in which section you are stuck for a longer period, what are models which you felt difficult to solve so on. It will also improve your ability in terms of reducing the time taken to solve the paper each time.

Previous Test Papers

Candidates can take a look of the previous question papers so that you will get an idea about the model or the type of the questions asked, the difficulty level in each section etc., from which the candidate can prepare a strategy to write the exam efficiently.

XAT 2020 Exam Pattern

XAT exam has four sections - Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA & LR), Decision Making (DM), Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI) and General Knowledge (GK). Exam pattern had undergone a few major changes. Some of the major changes were the duration of the exam was reduced from 3.5 hours to 3 hours, the mode of the exam which was paper-based till 2018 was changed to online mode, the essay writing section has been omitted.

  • Mode: XAT 2020 will be conducted online.
  • Marking Scheme: Each correct answer fetches 1 mark and 0.25 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

Below mentioned table contains XAT 2019 Exam Pattern. This year, the exam pattern has slightly changed. There will be a total of 99 questions comprising iof one mark each. Breakdown of constituent questions is given in the table.

XAT Exam Pattern
Subject Number of Questions Number of Marks
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) 26 26
Decision Making (DM) 21 21
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27 27
General Knowledge 26 25
 Total 99 99 Marks

Note: Number of questions in XAT exam keep changing every year. Hence, keep in touch with the official website too for the first-hand information.

XAT 2020 Admit Card

XAT Admit Card will be released on December 20, 2019. Candidates can download the XAT admit card from the official website using their login credentials.

XAT admit card includes the name of the candidate, hall ticket number, examination centre, exam timings, reporting time, instructions. Candidates must go through the instructions mentioned in order to be aware of the do's and dont's and things which are restricted from bringing to the exam centre.

Candidates will be allowed to enter into the examination centre only if they carry their valid XAT 2020 Admit Card & photo ID proof with them, 2 photocopies of the admit card.

In case, a candidate finds any errors on the admit card regarding the spelling of the name, date of birth, registration number as shown in the application form, he/she is advised to immediately report to the helpline.

How to download the XAT Admit Card?

Procedure to download and save the admit card is given below.

  • Candidate should visit the official website.
  • Upon reaching the webpage, you have to log in to your account with your credentials namely your user ID and password given to you at the time of XAT registration.
  • After logging in you have to click on "Download Admit Card option" and your download will start. You must take 2 copies of print out of your admit card.

XAT 2020 Application Form

XAT application form will be available on the official website on August 23, 2019 for which the last date would be on November 30, 2019. It should be filled only through online mode i.e., Credit card, Debit card or Net Banking. Any delay in filling the application beyond the last date mentioned would request the candidate to pay the penalty or late fees of INR 300/- with existing application fee of INR 1700/-

For the students who are opting for any of the programs conducted by XLRI needs to pay INR 300/- each for the programs. Fee details can be seen in the following table.

XAT Exam Fees
Mode of Application Online
Registration Fee without late fee INR 1700/-
Fee per programme without being late INR 300/-
Registration Fee with late fee INR 2000/-
Fee per programme in the late registration window INR 500/-
Fee for Indian candidate only for GMP through GMAT INR 2500/-
Fee for NRI/Foreign candidates for one or more programmes INR 5000/-


  • Candidates can apply for more than one programme in a single XAT application but the candidate has to pay separately for every programme he or she chooses. And also candidates can take a printout of XAT application form for future use.
  • Candidates should note that if the applicant wants to apply for other XAT associated institutes leaving XLRI then, they should apply separately for attaining admission.

How to register for XAT 2020?

Application process for XAT 2020 starts from the August 23, 2019 and will last till November 30, 2019. Follow the steps given below to complete the XAT 2020 registration process successfully.

  • Visit xatonline.in, choose the tab "New Registration" and enter Name, Date of Birth, Contact details and E-mail-id.
  • A system generated XAT login ID and password will be communicated to the candidate through Email/SMS.
  • Students should note down XAT ID and password for future communication.
  • After registering, the candidate should fill personal details and other educational background details. Finally, the candidate should upload necessary documents (as per given specifications).
  • At last, you will need to pay the fees and your application will be completed and would be ready to be considered for your candidature.

XAT 2020 Exam Centres

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is a national-level management entrance test conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur. Exam centres for conduction XAT 2020 are located all over India. There were no XAT exam centres located outside India previously. XAT was conducted in two international cities, Dubai and Kathmandu previously.

On the whole, XAT will be conducted in the following cities of India:

Agra, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Ambala, Amravati, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhatinda, Bhilai Nagar, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Bokaro Steel City, Chandigarh/Mohali, Chennai, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi-NCR, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Durgapur/Asansol, Ernakulam, Gandhinagar, Goa, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Gwalior, Hooghly, Hubballi (Hubli), Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Kannur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Kota, Kottayam, Kurnool, Kurukshetra, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Mysuru(Mysore), Nagpur, Nashik, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Rajahmundry, Ranchi, Roorkee, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Siliguri, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli, Tirupathi, Tiruvallur, Udaipur, Udupi, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Warangal.

You will be given the opportunity to choose your preferred test centre at the time of XAT registration. However, out of the given choices, only one centre will be allotted to you. The candidates can check the exam centre which will be mentioned in the XAT Admit Card.

XAT 2020 Results

Registered candidates can download the scorecard from XAT official website by logging with their credentials. XAT admit card includes the sectional scores, sectional percentile, overall score, overall percentile, the validity of the score card and the candidate details as mentioned in the application form.

How to check XAT results?

Enter registration number and date of birth to access your XAT 2020 Results. Candidate will be provided with XAT User ID and password using which they can log in to the official exam website and check their result.

XAT response sheets are generally released every year before the results. XAT 2020 response sheets can, therefore, be expected in the 2nd week of January.

XLRI 2020 Cutoffs

XLRI Cut Off 2020 is decided on the basis of the number of applicants, the difficulty of the paper, the number of seats in participating colleges. In order to be eligible to sit in next rounds, the candidate has to qualify cut off score. The cut-off varies from one institute to the other.

Cutoff for the year 2019 is tabulated below. The cutoff for the year 2020 will be almost the same. Although, the expected 2020 cutoff will be published shortly.


XLRI 2019 Cutoff for BM
Gender Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR) Decison Making (DM) Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Overall
Male 79.46 80 90 96
Female 75 75 75 95


XLRI 2019 Cutoff for HRM
Gender Decision Making (DM) Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR) Quantitative Abilty (QA) Overall
Male 75 85 72 94
Female 70 80 67 93

XLRI 2020 Selection Criteria

Candidate may apply for more than one programs. Candidates applying for more than one program might be invited for multiple interviews and also for Group Discussions (GD). Criteria for selection of candidates will be vary from program to program. While preparing, the short-listed candidates for the interview diverse academic background might have an advantage and the relevant work experience will be also considered as an edge over the others.

Besides performance in the personal interviews, XLRI also consider XAT performance, relevant work experience, academic background, extracurricular activities while preparing the final list.

Documents Required: Shortlisted candidates have to carry all original documents at the time of XAT 2020 Counselling. These are cross verified against the forms filled by the candidates.

XAT 2020 Notification

XAT 2020 will be a single session exam. It will be conducted on January 5, 2020 in the time slot, 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM. This exam would be conducted across 72 cities in India. XAT 2020 MBA Entrance Exam results will be released on January 31, 2020.

  • Candidate can apply for XAT exam 2020 on the official website.
  • XAT 2020 registration form can be filled until August 23, 2019. Admit card for XAT exam will be issued from December 20, 2019.
  • Candidates can apply for the exam even after the application deadline has been passed, by paying the late fee.

Contact Information

For any kind of queries related to the exam, feel free to contact the below.

  • Address: XLRI Xavier School of Management, Circuit House Area (East), Jamshedpur 831001
  • Ph no: 0657-665-3203/04/05
  • Fax: 0657-665-3200/2227814
  • Visit:  www.xatonline.in/www.xlri.ac.in
  • Toll-Free no: 1800-267-4008


Q. Is XAT tougher than CAT?

Ans. XAT is obviously tougher than CAT because it contains an extra section called Decisional Making where the candidate skill are tested and the Quantitative Aptitude of XAT has more complexity than CAT.

Q. What is XAT Exam?

Ans. XAT Exam is a national level entrance test conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for those candidates who aspire to pursue MBA or PGDM programme from XLRI or other associated XAT institutes.

Q. What is a good score in XAT?

Ans. According to the analysis made, it was found out that if a candidate can attain 85 percentile in XAT, he/she can get a reputed institute to study in. A candidate has to make sure that he/she doesn't invite negative marking.

Q. Is XAT conducted online?

Ans. Yes, XLRI has changed the mode of examination to online from the past 2 years.

Q. What should be done if there is a lot of delay in opening the page?

Ans. The delay in accessing the page could be because of the busy server when many number of candidates try to access the page at the same time or due to the internet connectivity issues. It would be helpful if you are trying to reach again after 15 minutes or try again during the late hours.

Q. How will I get to know if my application is registered or not?

Ans. After clicking on the submit button a XAT ID will be generated and is displayed on the screen which means that your registration is successful. The candidates should make sure that they note down the generated XAT ID as it is required for taking the print of application form as well as to download the XAT admit card.

Q. I have not received any email regarding the registration for XAT Exam?

Ans. The registration mails are automatically generated and sent to the mail id of the candidates provided in the application form. It is the responsibility of the candidate to make sure that they provide the correct email id.

Q. I am pursuing my final year of graduation, what should I mention in percentage column?

Ans. You can calculate the aggregate percentage of marks obtained till date and can enter them.

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Colleges which accept [XAT]

Want to get in ?
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2020
16 Aug 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The eligibility criteria is appearing CAT,MAT,XAT any of the Exam and should be graduated in any stream.(Arts,Science and commerce)

I took MAT examination.

The cutoffs of my course is above 60 percentile.

Want to get in ?
Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2017
03 Jun 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Woxsen considers CAT, MAT, XAT, NMAT, CMAT, etc. If the students didn't take any exam, then Woxsen also has another aptitude test called WAT (woxsen aptitude test). The interviews are conducted by business leaders. The experience itself is a great experience; they check the understanding of the current affairs and reasoning ability.

Want to get in ?
Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2020
01 Apr 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

 This college is located in the Mathikere, Bangalore. This college has excellent teaching staff with a Doctorate degree and highly qualified faculty. Most of the companies recruit students for marketing and sales profile with the comparatively average package. There is no scope for recruitment for operations.Major recruiters of finance companies such as Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, Societe GeneralE,E&Y, KPMG. Banking companies such as HDFC, ICICI, Federal bank. Facilities offered are good.This college is well established in the city of Bangalore and accessible to metro and railways.

This college accepts MAT,CAT XAT scores for admissions for PGDM with no cutoff. Minimum elegibility for admissions with a vaild score in MAT.CAT,XAT and 60% in 10th,12th and under graduation.  The college timings is 9am-5pm.T

Want to get in ?
Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Marketing), batch of 2019
13 Aug 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

I)Admission Criteria:

*Graduation with min. 55%

*Student who have cleared any entrance exam i.e. CAT/MAT/XAT

*English Proficiency test and GDPI

II) GD/PI and English proefficiency test.

III)55% is the min. cutoff for every courses.

Want to get in ?
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2019
28 Jun 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Eligibility criteria was lenient & admissions were easy MAT & XAT exams Typical cutoffs are usually 75%

Want to get in ?
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2015
27 Jun 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

To get admission in your dream b-school, the first task is to clear the entrance exams like CAT, MAT, XAT, SNAP, IIFT, NMAT, CMAT, TISS, CET etc.

Want to get in ?
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2019
27 Apr 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Graduates with 50% and above and have appeared for entrance exams like CAT, MAT, XAT, GMAT, CMAT, ATMA or any state CET are eligible to apply for ITM. I came college through my MAT score.

Want to get in ?
Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2019
16 Apr 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Eligibility Criteria- Minimum of 50% should be attained in class 10, 12, Graduation degree, for enrolling to the masters degree in PGDM. Candidates have to appear for various enterance examinations, CAT, XAT, MAT,CMAT etc , for fulfilling the admissions criteria.Candidates can apply through any of the above mentioned enterance tests,in which they have scored well. Moreover, candidates also have to appear for an interview, to finally book thier seats for the said course.  


Want to get in ?
Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2017
02 Apr 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  1. Basically the eligibility criteria is being a graduate in any of the universities across the country.
  2. Ya I did appear for CAT,XAT and MAT
  3. It depends from course to course,basically CAT takes a cutoff of 90 percentile whereas XAT and  MAT considers comparatively lower scores

Want to get in ?
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2018
25 Feb 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

I took MAT exam.MAT, XAT, CAT are the eligibility scores. Admission procedure is a specific selection process which includes a personal interview in the campus and an aptitude exam.

Discussion Forum

Is it ok to pusue PGDM along with B>Tech in Mecanical Engineering

I have done my B.Tech in Machanical Engineering, is it good to pursue PGDM and also I have got work experience of around 2 years in a small scale industry

Asked By: Joya Khan,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Joya,

Yes, it is good to do so. Many companies recruit candidates with working experience.

Does XLRI checks academic records ?

Does XLRI consider academic records or how much percentage in 10th 12th and graduation is good enough to get an admission?

Asked By: Raj Pal,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Raj pal,

Yes XAT checks academic performances as you need to keep 50% in aggregate as an eligibility criteria.

Can I expect tentative dates for XAT 2019?

Hi I am Saswat, Can I expect more dates if the link for 2019 is not available in the site?

Asked By: saswat tiwari,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Saswat,

Yes, these are all tentative dates so you can expect other dates as well.

When will the Application Form for XAT 2019 release?

Hi, I am Venkatsai, I want to know regarding the application details for XAT 2019

Asked By: Venkatsai,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Venkat,

Thanks for your question.

You can check the XAT Application Form details and Application Process here.

Exam centers

How many XAT test centers are in India?

Asked By: Sudha,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

There are 43 test centers in India .

Final year UG student percentage

What percentage should I enter in the application form as I am a final year UG student ?

Asked By: Tanvi,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The final year UG students can update their aggregate scores till date as their percentage. 

XAT 2018 Official address

What is the Official address of the institute?

Asked By: Paridhee Agarwal,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The official address of the institute is as follows: -

XLRI Admission Office – C.H. Area (East)

Jamshedpur - 831001,

Jharkhand, India

XAT 2018 Xavier’s Labour Relation Institute

Can you give me a brief about the Xavier’s Labour Relation Institute?

Asked By: Carmel Royan,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The Xavier’s Labour Relation Institute (XLRI) was founded in 1949 by Fr. Quinn Enright, S.J. in Jamshedpur. XLRI has developed its own identity to not walk on the beaten path but to strike new routes; not to benchmark but to be benchmarked, to be second to none but to be the first to respond to the needs of the people and the nation, by taking up the tasks which are bold but necessary which nobody has hitherto taken up. 

XAT 2018 Full form

What is the full form of XAT?

Asked By: Bhanu Prakash,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The full form of XAT is Xavier’s Aptitude Test.

An Overview on XAT 2018.

What are the important things to know about the overview on XAT 2018:

Asked By: Suresh J,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Xavier’s Labour Relation Institute or XLRI, Jamshedpur is one of the most reputed business schools in India and worldwide.

Entry into the management course at XLRI is through Xavier’s Aptitude Test—commonly known as XAT.

Candidates willing to be part of the various courses offered by XAT Associate Institutes and XLRI must take this test.

The exam will be held in January 2018, across 47 cities in India as well as two cities abroad. There are more than 100+ schools that come under the purview of XAT.